The Broken Letters – Sing The Burning Alphabet

by Woody on May 29, 2008

The Broken Letters
If you’re like me, sometimes you love music that makes you feel the torment of the songwriter or character. In the past, I’ve been drawn to acts such as Songs: Ohia, Magnolia Electric Co., O’Death, and Bean Pickers Union. Whether it be singing about their own anguish or painting a scene where others are the unlucky ones, I love bands that pour every ounce of soul into their performances.

I have another one to throw out at ya – The Broken Letters. This isn’t a whiskey soaked alt-country act. This is a haunting collection of tunes that sticks with you and makes you feel every damn note and utterance along the way. The Broken Letters are fronted by David Hickox who, in addition to being the primary songwriter, handles the guitar and vocals. He is joined by long-time friend Brad Davis who handles the drums and a host of other instruments.

Hickox and Davis met as youngsters as they were indoctrinated into the Southern Baptist church. And one has to believe that their background in Church has possibly led to their dark gothic approach to their music.

Sing the Burning Alphabet is a beautifully haunting album that should be mandatory for any fan of Magnolia Electric Co. and Songs: Ohia, especially if Axxess & Ace is one of your favorite Jason Molina efforts. You’ll just about fall over when listening to this aching 35 minute debut.


The Broken Letters – Avian Blues

The Broken Letters – Another Morning

The Broken Letters – Licht

From their previous album, I:

The Broken Letters – Mangled Ramblers Song

The Broken Letters – Old Miner

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